Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Margaret Donaghue from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:

Margaret Donaghue

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Learn as much as you can in any situation that presents itself. Never be afraid to try something even if it scares you to do so. And give it all you have. Be a good listener and a good communicator and be fair.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Career Sectors

Industry sectors are clusters of occupations that have something in common, for example, the type of work they do or their role in the economy. Very often people are attracted to the products or services provided by a particular sector, and seek to find employment close to the essence of that area.

We provide information to enable you to explore over 30 sectors that make up the Irish Labour market. These have been divided into 6 main categories to make it easy to explore as follows:

Where possible we bring you the most up-to-date information directly from the experts that oversee the different sectors. These organisations provide detailed information from which career seekers can make their most informed choices.

Exploring career sectors is often one of the easiest ways of finding out what your child is interested in, and is an excellent place to start.

Action Point: Explore the Career Sectors as described here with your teenager. Which ones are they drawn to? Which ones are ruled out - and why? Tell your teenager which ones you are attracted to and why. Explore the sectors together, checking your childs understanding of the information, and allow them to lead the way by following what interests them.

Take note of any courses or occupations that they show an interest in. Clicking on the course or occupation will bring up further information to explore.

Note that each sector includes:

  • Career overview
  • Labour Market information
  • Occupations
  • CAO Courses
  • PLC Courses
  • Links to Recruitment Websites
  • News and Links

Click here to explore Career Sectors